Picture acquired from Engadget (as evidenced by the watermark.)

Looks like Barnes and Noble already knew what I wanted.  Today, Barnes and Noble announced a new e-ink Nook, complete with a touch-enabled e-ink screen, redesigned exterior, a more intuitive GUI, vastly extended battery life, and other general improvements.  I don’t like the fact that the Kindle’s slivers have been emulated for the page-turn buttons, and I’m not entirely sold on the Samsung Galaxy-style border, but other than those minor points, this seems like a great upgrade to the original Nook.  I’m going to be hanging on to my first-gen Nook, since I love it too much to get rid of it, but this new version looks like it’s a winner.  Priced at $139, it won’t break the bank either.  In case you prefer the stylings of the the original Nook, it has been granted a price drop to $119.